Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Median pay for Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.06 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Ophthalmic Technicians stretch from $25K on the lower end to $48K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Ophthalmic Technicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,560 - $53,427
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,280
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$11.65 - $22.04
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,560 - $53,427  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,239  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,599 - $48,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $22.04  
   
Overtime
$13.89 - $32.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,239  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,599 - $48,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,249
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. It is not unusual for an Ophthalmic Technician to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Survey results suggest that Ophthalmic Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Refraction, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Photography are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Medical Terminology as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Patient Counseling and refracting also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Ophthalmic Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Ophthalmic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Ophthalmic Technicians in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+29 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+24 percent), and New York (+21 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Grand Rapids and Jacksonville (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries


Refraction
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Patient Education
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Medical Photography
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National Average
$34,000

refracting
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Patient Counseling
up arrow 12%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 26%
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